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Letter to the Editor: Over-intervention Instills Culture of Fear in Children

on March 13, 2013 - 1:10pm
Los Alamos

I read (Superintendent) Gene Schmidt's recent letter with some concern.
On the one hand, of course we should keep our children safe in school.
But on the other hand, we must continually ask of our policies: At what cost? And what is the real goal? (It is: help children build themselves into independent, successful adults.)
Over-intervention instills a culture of fear in children and can disrupt development and destroy futures.

I myself had two issues at LAHS that today would, it seems, be made into Very Big Deals, but at the time (late 90's)

Letter to the Editor: Student Safety is Non-negotiable

on March 13, 2013 - 12:46pm
LAPS Superintendent

In the past two weeks, three middle school students were disciplined for bringing knives to school.  

These incidents were reported in the local media as “deadly weapons.” The Los Alamos School Board has established very strict policies regarding weapons on campus to ensure student safety at all times.

By school policy definition, any item or device which may be used as a weapon, including pocket knives (regardless of size) are considered weapons.

By school policy definition, any weapon which is capable of producing death or great bodily harm is

Money IQ: Commercial and Industrial Loans on the Rise

on March 13, 2013 - 12:29pm
Money IQ

Commercial and Industrial Loans on the Rise

Banks large and small are looking to increase their lending activities as the economy continues to show signs of improvement. 

At the beginning of the economic downturn a lot of financial institutions slowed or halted lending, especially for commercial real estate related loans. 

Since this time, many banks have changed their lending appetite and are now more diversified in their product offerings. 

Commercial real estate, development loans and other real estate secured loans, once a common staple of community

Column: Are Female CEOs The Only/Best Role Model For Women?

on March 11, 2013 - 8:00am
Are Female CEOs The Only/Best Role Model For Women?
Column by ELENA YANG

Recent news brought to us stories of two prominent female executives of Internet companies, whose decisions and publicity have stirred up some debate and reflection on women’s lives within and outside organizations. 

Sheryl Sandberg’s book, “Lean In,” a semi-autobiography cum new feminism manifesto, offers women advice on how to advance in the corporate world by mostly evoking those dormant internal strengths. 

Sandberg is the current chief operating officer for Facebook.

Letter to the Editor: Generous Support Greatly Appreciated

on March 9, 2013 - 11:21am
By LINDA HULL, President
Rotary Club of Los Alamos

Once again, on behalf of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, I would like to thank our many friends in the community for their recent support of this month’s Cowboy Pancake Breakfast, which benefited our Club’s local and international projects. 

More than 250 tickets were sold to the hungry breakfast crowd Sunday morning.

From left, Rotary President Linda Hull and Rotarians Brian Newnam and Alison Walters. Photo by Hal Davis

We would also like to give a standing ovation and long round of applause to all the dedicated members of the Los

Hannemann's Music Corner: The Romance

on March 9, 2013 - 8:35am
Hannemann's Music Corner: The Romance
Los Alamos
There are a variety of difficult and challenging pieces for the guitar – Recuerdos de Alhambra, Malaguena, Concierto de Aranjuez all come to mind (oh, and one I wrote "La Vida en Plaza".)
But, oddly enough, one piece is much more challenging than you might expect: The Romance.
The Romance is not a particularly technically difficult piece. Nor is it particularly fast. But there are other reasons why it, and similar pieces, can be a real challenge.
First, the thing is ubiquitous.
Remember the movie "Blood and

A View from the Stacks: Winter and Summer Programs Promote Reading

on March 9, 2013 - 7:45am
Head of Youth Services, Mesa PUblic Library

Quick! Name a Caldecott winner! Name a book written by an author whose last name starts with “T”! 

Name a book with frogs! If you were one of hundreds of children (237 to be precise) who registered for Los Alamos County Library System’s Winter Reading program over the last three months or who had someone in their lives who read with them or to them, you’d be able to answer these questions.

Here are some answers: My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann, Three Times Lucky by Shelia Turnage, and Froggy Goes to School by Jonathan